|Project by Dennis Zongker||posted 954 days ago||3964 views||23 times favorited||68 comments|
This one took me a lot longer then I thought it would. From designing to completion it took me right around six months, working in the evenings and weekends. Putting the sound holes in the bottom and back sure makes the 72 note movement sound a lot better. It helps bring out the bass and treble. I made a practice box just for the sound. The sound is nice and loud, clean and crisp.
The box size is 8 1/2” tall x 8” deep x 16” long. The Veneer is Maple Burl, The solid hardwood is Flamed Birch.
My goals were to have the veneer blend on all sides of the music box. also to have a musical theme throughout and to have the veneers flow nicely from the inside of the box to the outside. I have sound holes in the back and bottom of the box for the treble and base. The marquetry for the violins on the outside of the top I used Flat Cut African Mahogany. The inside of the top I used Bloodwood for the Violins. That way when you open up the lid to hear the music, you can see the same marquetry but in a different color of wood. By using veneers and their natural colors and grain, I was able to make the marquetry look as things look in the real world. I use a clear coat natural lacquer to bring out the natural qualities of the wood. By matching up the front and corners and sides and the back with maple burl veneer it looks like one piece of veneer all the way around the music box. The black inlays around the trim and top lid and segmented feet I used Macassar Ebony. Veneers used, “Holly, Macassar Ebony, Dyed black Maple, Flat Cut Walnut, Flat Cut African Mahogany, Bloodwood, Maple Burl.” The size is 8 1/2” tall x 8” deep x 16” long. The hardwood is flamed Birch, I worked on this Music Box for six months, in the evenings and weekends. Thank you for looking.
-- Dennis Zongker